One mom couldn’t believe it when her cousin asked her to pay nearly $2,000 to replace a designer blouse after her infant threw up on it.
The anonymous mother posted to Reddit to share her frustration after her cousin got angry when her 1-month old baby threw up on her. Evidently the baby had completely soiled the cousin’s designer blouse, and because of the damage, the cousin wanted the new mom to pay $2,000 to replace it. Although the mom refused to pay, she wanted to ask the online community if they believed she did the right thing.
"My cousin Alice and her parents were among the guests. The first thing I'll say about her is that she has expensive taste,” she explained online, adding she had invited family and friends over to have a ‘baby ceremony’ for her new daughter Charlotte. "She doesn't own anything that isn't designer and has some items of clothing that cost thousands.’”
But even though her cousin asked to hold the newborn baby, things quickly went awry when she handed the infant back almost immediately. "Alice handed Charlotte back to me and ran off crying and spent the rest of the event crying in the car,” the Reddit user explained.
"I went to see her to apologise but she didn't want to hear any of it,” she continued. "My mum gave her one of her shirts which was too big for her and she felt completely upset and humiliated.
Obviously, the new mom felt bad about the incident. But she certainly didn’t expect it when her cousin insisted she front the cost to replace the blouse. "Today I got a call from my mum, saying that she'd been on the phone to her sister (Alice's mum) saying that they want me to reimburse the cost of the blouse (roughly £1,800) since it was completely ruined,” she explained. 1800 euros is roughly $1,981 USD and $2,648 in CAD.
That was understandably a huge amount to the new mother, so she explained that she told her cousin she wouldn’t cover the cost. "I have said no. At the end of the day we all know what babies can be like,” she explained.
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Carnage after giving Tom an airplane ride. Spit up should be this kid’s middle name. We’ve switched formula to see if that would make a difference, and it helped a little but I’m still spit up on a minimum of 5 times a day. Not really sure what other options to explore...any advice #spitupking Photo credit: @alliestreit
"She took a risk wearing something so expensive knowing a baby was nearby and unfortunately it backfired. I feel bad for her but it was not my fault,” the Reddit post went on. However, she is starting to doubt her decision, as she added, "Am I doing the right thing by refusing to pay up?"
The mom’s post has gained over 9,000 comments. Most commenters agree that the mom was in the right for refusing to pay the high price tag. "Honestly don't wear expensive clothes around very young kids in general,” one person wrote. "They're messy as hell. They love to touch your clothes and are perpetually sticky or have stuff on their fingers.”
Another person added, "Asking new parents for £1800 FOR A SHIRT is insane. I couldn't even imagine doing that for $50.” One person added, "It sounds like this girl has no concept of the world outside of herself and maybe this is a good wake up call."
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